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Celebrated Republic Day- January, 2018
Milaap India’s leading crowd funding platform for personal and social causes did an interview of Mr. Kathavarayan our founder and also a small video which can be uploaded on social media for generating funds for the organization. Our children celebrated Republic Day on the 26th of January 2018. The program started with hoisting of the flag by Ms. Vidya Balakrishnan from UST Global, who was the chief guest and was accompanied by Ms. Jessie & Mr. Thirumeni. Various programs were showcased by our children like march past, drill, yoga and folk dance. Lunch was sponsored by Ms. Rashmi Reddy.
Various Events- February, 2018
Quiz competition was held for children in WARDS. Semi finals & finals were conducted on the 2nd February 2018. Raghu bagged the 1st place & Bhavya was declared 2nd. Parents meeting were successfully held on the 3rd of February at WARDS. 20 parents attended the meeting. Many important issues like Niramaya scheme, opening joint bank accounts, punctuality of children and many more were discussed. There were meaningful interactions and insights from this meeting. Ganesh, Prasad, Manikanta, Raghu Along with their trainer Mr. Kathirvel travelled to Pondicherry and participated in the Marathon on the 11th of February 2018.
The event is organized by Auroville Runners in association with the Auroville community since 2008. Originally it was started to celebrate the 40 years of Auroville, the enthusiastic participation attracted many runners from other cities and it was decided to make it an annual affair. The event is non-commercial and organized purely for the joy of running. It considers all the finishers as winners and therefore does not award any prize money for the early finishers. Our children along with the staff, few parents and a board member went on a one day outing to Dreamland resort in Nelamangla on the 17th of February 2018. They enjoyed the swimming pool, rain dance and a magic show.
Children also went to the amusement park where they went on toy train ride, Columbus, rotating disco cups and horse rides. They were also given breakfast, sumptuous lunch and were given gift, cake & juice. On the whole it was a day filled with fun and frolic. On the 23rd of February a few of our children along with teachers attended ‘Asha Day’ at the Indiranagar Methodist Hall in Indiaranagar. They even performed ‘Kolata’ with colourful clothes and were appreciated much for the same.
WARDS Children participated in different level of sports- March, 2018
WARDS organized blood grouping check for all the children in the school on the 9th March 2018. Technicians from CLUMAX, Thippasandra came to our premises and helped us with this. Many of our children participated in the district sports held on 13th, 14th of March 2018 at BBMP ground, Koramangla. This was conducted by Special Olympics Bharat, a National Sports Federation designated by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for Implementation of Scheme and Games for Persons with Intellectual Disability.
Our children again participated in the state level sports held on the 20th & 21st of March 2018 at YMCA, Nrupathunga road conducted by Special Olympics Bharat, a National Sports Federation designated by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for Implementation of Scheme and Games for Persons with Intellectual Disability. Nagaveni stood First in 100 mts, 200 mts, 400 mts and shotput. Tamil Selvam stood First in 50 mts race and Second in Tennis ball throw. Ganesh stood Second in 100 mts and third in 400 mts. Rishi stood third in 50 mts race, Manikanta stood third in 50 mts race, Ajith got fifth in 50 mts race, Prasad got fourth in 50 mts race, Pooarasu got fourth in 50 mts race and Prasad got fourth in 50 mts race. The above children have received medals and certificates for their performances in various categories.
A group of 20 government teachers which included block resource persons and cluster Resource persons visited our Organization along with Mr. Saleem Pasha, BEO & Mrs. Bharathi, Block resource coordinator. The teachers were here for the observation of the functioning of our school, to learn about the various interventions and methodologies used in teaching our special needs children. They also learnt how we teach different skills; saw how we make individualized education program and syllabus for our children. They even distributed Bananas for our children and spent half a day with us learning about the organization.
WARDS Events held in 2017
Summer vacation was declared for the children of WARDS from April 1, 2017. The teachers and other staff continued to work till April 25, 2017. Based on their evaluation, the teachers prepared the progress cards for all children in the month of April. The survey for identifying disabled children was also undertaken by teachers, particularly children with IDDS (Intellectually Delayed Disabilities) in and around our Centre (Jeevan Bhima Nagar).
A Vocational Skills Training program was organized by Mrs. Pradeepa Anchala for teachers and a few children from WARDS in the first week of April. Two trainers were invited to impart new skills like making cloth bags, Quilled Art, Embroidery, Stitching Pillow covers, and Clay based toys.
Summer vacation was declared for teachers from April 25th to May 25th. The care-givers were given vacation for 15 days in turn basis. The vacation is only applicable to permanent staff who have served the institution for more than one year. The children studying in WARDS were awarded with monthly pension available with Government of Karnataka for all types of disabled persons.
This program was initiated in the school itself for ten children in association with employees of Department of Pension Scheme for the Government of Karnataka. Around 10 children have benefitted from this scheme from 2017. Each disabled child was given pension on the basis of percentage of disability declared by Victoria Hospital, Government of Karnataka. Minimum pension for each child starts from Rs.500 and maximum pension of Rs.1200.
WARDS special School reopened from 1st June for all special children. ANZ Employees visited our School on 16th June. They involved themselves in all activities with the children from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. There were different activities planned for the employees along with the children who were engaging themselves from 10 a.m. They also hosted lunch and given gifts for our children.
Rain coats were distributed to 30 children on that day. The visit on that day concluded with a short entertainment program presented by the ANZ Employees. Our children also entertained them with a dance performance. A special day on performing Yoga was observed on 23rd June, as special occasion organized by Government of India for all people in the Country. This special Yoga was initiated by the staff of ‘Youth for Seva‘.
We encourage our special children to participate in the marathon race organized by an NGO Runners I. The aim of organizing marathon race is to bring our special children at par with normal children who are participating the marathon race every year. Our children are participating in running every Tuesday and Sunday at Cubbon Park and at different places in Bangalore. They were taken to Hyderabad for marathon race on 5th August.
Independence Day was celebrated on August 15, 2017. Lions Club member were the guests for this function. Mr.Venkatesh the president of Lions Club on this occasion hoisted the flag. We could not have sports on this day as we used to have every year because there is no ground to display their talents in sports because of the construction. However, this sports meet will be taken up at a very large scale next year.
Oct 2rd 2017 we honored our National Father Mahatma Gandhi. We participated in the Diwali Exhibitions conducted at different places organized by ‘Mission 1000’. We also participated in various Diwali exhibitions at Bagmane Tech Park, IMS Health Care, UB city (Citi Bank) and at SAP Whitefield. Children were taken to a Music Therapy Workshop to promote their individual interest in Music, organized by Inner wheel Club of Bangalore, in association with Academy for Severe Handicaps and Autism a special school called (ASHA).
Celebrated World Day of Disabled- December, 2017
The staff and the children of WARDS special school attended the celebrations of World Day of Disabled held on December 3rd ,2017 at Freedom Park Bangalore. As it was a compulsory day for the special people in honour and felicitating the people with differently- abled on this occasion. The achievers of various disciplines were honored with awards to promote and boost their abilities in the field they worked on. Quiz Competition was organized and conducted by Seva-in-Action Bangalore, for third consecutive year to bring all the special children differently-abled to a common platform to exhibit their talents general knowledge in various fields. Eight mentally challenged children of WARDS participated in the quiz competition on 8, Dec 2017. Out of eight, four children from WARDS special school were selected for Semi-Finals Raghu 23years, Manjunath 16years, Manikanta 18 years, and Ganesh 16 years.
Children participated in Sports organized by CHRIS FEST 2017, at Christ School, Bangalore for differently-abled on Dec 18, 2017. Tamil Selvam of WARDS Special School won Third Place in a Game for Soft Ball Throw. Christmas function was celebrated on Dec 22, 2017 at 3 Pm in the premises of WARDS. Father Jaysheelan Parish Priest of St.Peter’s Church, HAL Bangalore was the chief guest for the function. The choir members introduced by Dr. Padma Sucharitha from her church helped with the Christmas performances.